A measure that would impose tougher penalties on motorists who kill or injure people in hit-and-run accidents has been signed into law in New Jersey. Under the measure, knowingly fleeing the scene of an accident in which a person is killed is punishable by up to 10 years jail and $150,000 in fines. That is up from five years in jail and $15,000.
Fleeing the scene of an accident in which someone is seriously injured calls for up to five years in jail and $15,000 in fines. Previously, drivers faced 18 months and $10,000 in fines for that violation.